Boston Mineral Club
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You do not need a college degree in earth sciences to join the club! We are open to all. We welcome and encourage new members to join the club. Membership
The Boston Mineral Club (BMC) was founded in 1936 to "promote the study and collecting of rocks and minerals, to encourage friendly cooperation among mineralogists and collectors, [and] to promote the study of mineralogy and related arts and sciences coming within the purview of earth sciences..."
In the pursuit of these goals, the BMC offers educational programs at club meetings, mineral collecting field trips, a newsletter, and access to our mineralogical reference library.
The Boston Mineral Club is a member of the American Federation of Mineral Societies and the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies. The BMC also is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) educational organization.
The Boston Mineral Club is proud of its long tradition of conducting field trips to collecting localities throughout the New England area. Information about trips planned for the current year is published in our newsletters which can be found in the members only area of the website.
The club also organizes occasional trips to localities outside of New England. Previous destinations have included Nova Scotia, Kentucky, Georgia and Arizona. You can view photos of our 2009 trip to Nova Scotia here: Nova Scotia 2009.
Information about the regular monthly meetings of the club can be found on the meetings page.
This year the September meeting of the Boston Mineral Club will take place on the first Tuesday of the month since Labor day occurs very late this year (7 September) and we always try to avoid holding our meeting right after the Labor day weekend.
The meeting will feature our traditional specimen collecting show and tell night. At this annual event all speakers are club members. This is basically an “open mike” night where any member of the club is invited to bring in one or more recently collected mineral, fossil or lapidary “specimens” and then share with the rest of us the story about how they were acquired. The specimens can either be field collected or purchased. All that really matters is that you find them interesting and are willing to spend about 5 minutes telling the rest of the club how they were acquired and why you find them interesting. If you have photos of either localities or specimens to show we will have a laptop available to allow you to project them for all to see. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:
A) We have had some great club field trips this year. Members are encouraged to bring in their best specimens from any 2014 BMC field trip to show.
B) Others may have gone out collecting on their own this summer. Come tells us where you went and show us what we could expect to find there.
C) Did you travel this year and see or collect something related to our hobby that has special interest for you? If so, bring in a sample specimen or some pictures and tell us about your adventures.
D) Did some great specimens follow you home from a mineral show this year? If so, bring them in and tell us what motivated you to purchase them.
If you are planning to speak at the meeting please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your topic so I can put together a basic list of presenters and topics for the meeting.
The club’s display cabinet will be available to display your specimens and refreshments will be available as always. The Harvard mineral museum should be open to us starting at 7 PM. Everyone should plan to arrive by 7:30 PM to socialize and set up any specimens they have brought to talk about and display for all to see. We will start the brief business portion of the meeting around 8:00 PM and move quickly into your show and tell presentations. After the presentations are completed the meeting will conclude with our traditional mineral specimen raffle.
This meeting is always enjoyable and provides an opportunity to talk with old friends and make some new ones as well. Visitors are always welcome to attend BMC meetings, and this meeting provides a special opportunity to get acquainted and see what the club is all about. I hope to see you there!
- Nate Martin, BMC President
Boston Mineral Club